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Photo from Arnold Pointer

Arnold Pointer, a professional fisherman from south of Australia set free from a certain death a big female White Shark that was caught in his fishing nets. Now the fisherman has a problem: He says: “It’s been 2 years and she doesn’t leave me alone. She follows me everywhere I go and her presence scares all the fishes. I don’t know what to do anymore.”
It is hard to get rid of an almost 17 feet long shark since the White Sharks are protected by the wildlife conservation, but a mutual affection established between Arnold and “Cindy”. Arnold Says: “Once I stop the boat she comes to me, she turns on her back and lets me pet her belly and neck, she grunts, turns her eyes, and moves her fins up and down hitting the water happily.

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Jesus did NOT teach sectarian Christianity but universal love. Jesus taught the essence of Christianity is to be a good neighbor which means we have to respect non-Christians as much as we respect ourselves. Jesus said we need to share this world with the poor which means Christians have to stop electing representatives that make economic justice impossible. — Jim Rigby

The problem is, most Christians are Christians in name only. In fact, love is a mystery to most of us. Personal love is possessiveness in disguise. The kind of love the world teachers and avatars refer to is the kind of love literally everything needs to live and thrive, including sharks and aardvarks. Love is as essential to life as sunlight, food and water. Any gardener knows how plants respond to kind words and thoughts. No child can grow straight and healthy without love.

Lack of love cripples any growing life form and yet it seems to be a mystery to us “advanced” and civilized humans. We’re much more interested in power. Power flatters our ego and makes for an impressive reputation. Kindness and love pass almost unnoticed in our world and, strangely enough, we hardly notice our unkindness and its knock-on effects as we scurry about tending to our thousand-and-one things.

Our culture doesn’t teach us how to coexist peacefully with all the other living beings on Earth. We deal with other humans and the natural world through power, not love, killing any part of nature that obstructs our profit motive. We actually believe we can live forever on the planet this way. We’re just now starting to notice that our modus operandi has a problem, namely that it’s suicide. Even that worrisome fact is denied by highly placed officials in our own government, to the dismay of more enlightened denizens of countries around the world.

It’s death by ignorance, death by stupidity. We are clinging to our childish myopia, hypnotized by our religious and social fairy tales. We worship not love but money and power, proving that we feel secretly weak and inadequate. As we puff ourselves up and strut around our little stage, millions of beings are dying in pain at our feet but we have a hard time seeing that far.

When we can see the Universe with eyes of the Heart, only then will we be safe. The worship of power threatens our safety and our continued existence.

Will the human race grow up and learn to love? Stay tuned.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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